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Durham University


N409 Accounting with Placement Year BSc Undergraduate 2021


UCAS code N409
Degree BSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A Level
International Baccalaureate
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications
Contextual Offers You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.
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Course Summary


This is a single honours degree in Accounting, with a placement year. With maximum professional accreditation, this degree allows you to graduate as a partly exam-qualified accountant. The degree embeds a strong employability theme and demonstrates a clear pathways for you, allowing you to specialise in your final year and also to complete an independent piece of research in an area related to your work-experience or in an area of special interest.

This degree will be taught on a semesterised basis, with new modules being introduced each term. The degree incorporates a strong employability theme throughout the course in both credit bearing and non-credit bearing activities

Course Structure

Because this is a degree with a strong link to a professional role and a professional career following graduation, the first two years of the course are made up of compulsory modules, with an opportunity to specialise in chosen areas and develop a research project in Year 3.

The degree has six coherent subject pillars and one theme:

  1. Financial accounting (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Management accounting (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  3. Technology (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  4. Audit and assurance (Years 2 and 3)
  5. Taxation (Years 2 and 3)
  6. Research in accounting (Year 3)
  • Employability theme (running throughout the degree)

The subject pillars build throughout the degree so that you can identify linkages between modules. The employability theme helps you to understand the link between work done and employability skills gained from both credit and non-credit bearing activities.


Levels 1 and 2 of the degree are made up of core modules, as follows:


Level 1

Credit value

Financial Accounting


The Accountant in Business


Business Analytics and Technology


Skills for the Professional Accountant


Fundamentals of Management Accounting


Ethics in Accounting


Economics for Accounting


Business Law



Level 2

Credit value

Financial Management


Performance Management




Financial Reporting


Audit and Assurance


Business Strategy and Technology


Placement year (optional)


Credit value

Placement Year in Accounting


Level 3 (Degree)

The core modules in Level 3 are:


Credit value

Research Methods in Accounting


Accounting Project


Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules in the Michaelmas Term to the value of 40 credits from List A:

List A:

Credit value

Corporate Reporting 


Advanced Management Accounting 


Data Analytics and Intelligence for Accounting


Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules in the Epiphany Term to the value of 20 credits from List B:

List B:

Credit value

Advanced Audit and Assurance


Business Tax Planning ††


Corporate Governance



Placement Year

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Course Learning and Teaching

Lectures deliver basic subject-specific learning, and provide a framework for further study.

Seminars provide opportunities for students to explore issues in greater depth, test their own understanding of the material studied, engage in group work, assess arguments in a group context and defend and debate different opinions. 

Workshops are used to allow students to work independently, under supervision, in small groups on questions, problems or case studies and build on subject-specific learning, developing key skills.  

Guided reading and independent study provide a structure within which students exercise and extend their abilities to make use of available learning resources.

Accounting project preparation and supervision foster independent learning and the ability to manage a planned programme of research.   

In particular, the course takes advantage of technology enhanced active learning, where appropriate and, particularly in the context of employability and professional skills, experiential learning techniques.

This degree has a holistic approach to the student journey – enhancing the academic aspects of the course with a schedule of extra-curricular, non-credit bearing components that will aim to develop the skills of the students to improve their opportunities for employment.

The degree will have a clear emphasis on recruitability and employability. In the context of the subject matter of the degree, in the first instance, this will be in relation to accountancy-related careers, however, all graduates will have skills gained through the course and also the non-credit bearing aspects of the degree that should enhance their employment opportunities.

In Year 1, this commences with the first teaching week being devoted to a week-long induction, accounting-related exercise. Formal teaching on the degree modules, therefore, commences in week two of the term. The aims of this exercise are as follows:

  • To foster a learning community between staff and students on the course (the first year induction exercise is to be staffed by staff teaching on the degree in Year 1 and members of the wider programme team.
  • To generate group relationships between students, making their initial experiences on the degree less daunting.
  • To introduce the concept of team-work to students – to ensure that group theory is explored, and enable better participation in group activities, both assessed and un-assessed throughout the degree. This should be particularly useful for students whose educational background has not encouraged group participation.
  • To introduce students to the subject of accounting with an absorbing, authentic and inspiring business exercise, which will link to the knowledge and skills introduced in the first year of the programme. We aim to create anticipation for the year ahead.
  • To explicitly embed the skills required for study in higher education into the curriculum. This is particularly important in terms of our aim for this degree to contribute to widening participation in Higher Education, given its links to employability.

Because the degree is semesterised, exams in the Easter term will be scheduled in Weeks 3 and 4 of the Easter term. The programme team will have a programme of activities for weeks 4 and 5 of the Easter term in Years 1 and 2, as follows:

Year 1:

  • Assessment centre and interview training
  • Employability and recruitability workshops
  • Workshops introducing the skills needed for Year 2 modules.

Year 2:

  • Placement preparation training
  • Recruitability bootcamp
  • Year 3 options choices taster sessions.

In week one of Year 3/4, we have scheduled a week-long Graduate Camp – the rationale is to re-orientate those who have been on placement into the programme and to ensure that all students are ready for the challenge of the final year – the exercise we will develop for this week’s activities will relate to the critical thinking and research aspects of the final year of the degree.

As the course relates to the profession of accountancy, the degree must consider applied as well as theoretical aspects of the study of accounting. Through our close relationships with the major professional accounting bodies and leading employers, we will provide ample opportunities for students to engage with the world of practice and critically appraise how theory and practice meet, through research forums, guest speakers and debates.


Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A strong proficiency in Mathematics is required. If Mathematics is not taken as an A level subject, a grade 7 (or grade A) in Mathematics at GCSE is required.  We particularly welcome the introduction of the Core Mathematics Qualification and we will accept a Core Maths Qualification (grade B minimum) in lieu of our GCSE Mathematics requirement.

A level offer - AAA.

We consider all A level subjects, with the exception of General Studies, therefore General Studies would not be included in any offer.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaDDD.

IB score - 37 to include 666 in higher-level subjects. If Mathematics is not taken at a higher level, then it is required at standard level 6.

In the context of widening participation, we will consider contextual offers, including guaranteed contextual offers for participation in a supported progression programme.


English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

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Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £22,900.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £22,900.00 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

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Scholarships and funding 

Career Opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 92% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 87% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £30,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here


Open days and visits

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Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)


The best start to a career in business begins with learning from the best in the business. As one of the UK’s longest established business schools, we know you need to combine theory and practice to achieve success.

Taught at Durham City, our degrees are designed to help you understand essential and advanced concepts of business, finance, economics, accounting, marketing and management. Offered by a research-led business school and one of the longest established in the UK, our degrees provide learning that is stimulating and challenging.

Study with us and prepare to stand out from the crowd. With our rigorous curriculum and exceptional teaching, you will build world-class foundations for graduate employment or further study. You will also get a taste of real business – learning from expert faculty members and guest speakers, as well as through hands-on work placements and international study opportunities. With our flexible programmes, you are in control and can choose a route that suits your own interests and career aspirations.

The Business School is one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).


  • 7th for Economics in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • Top 10 for Economics in The Guardian University Guide 2021.


For a current list of staff, please see the Business School web pages.


Durham City offers superb library and IT services, including a large open access computer area. The library’s excellent collection of books, journals and original source materials in business and finance is complemented by access to online electronic information resources.

You will also use duo (Durham University Online), Durham’s virtual learning environment, an integrated online solution to manage and improve your learning duo offers structured learning content (web pages, lecture notes, interactive applications, audio and video clips) along with communication and assessment tools.